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Market News for This Saturday, June 13
Before getting into the Farmers Market lowdown, let's get all ramped up about the free music tonight, Thursday, June 11 -- and the seven free concerts that follow over the next seven Thursdays, all part of the Lansdowne Summer Concert Series:
June 11: Siora -- World music and jazz
June 18: David Grier -- The most award-winning guitarist in recent memory
June 25: Familjan -- Folk music from Sweden
July 2: Eryn Shewell -- Soulful voice and songs
July 9: Charlotte Blake Alston -- Nationally known storyteller
July 16: David Jacobs Strain -- Blues phenom from Oregon
July 23: John Lionarons -- Nationally known hammered dulcimer player
July 30: Women in Docs -- Pop/folk from Australia
Our guess is that even if an act doesn't look like your bag at first glance (what's a hammered dulcimer?), take it in on a nice summer evening, reclined on a blanket, perhaps with a glass of wine in your hand -- for free -- and you'll enjoy it more than you ever imagined. Sponsored by the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation, the Summer Concert Series will take place on the lawn at St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, entered through the arch on Lansdowne Avenue, at 7:00 pm every Thursday. In case of rain, the event moves into the Regency Café, 29 N. Lansdowne Avenue. (If the weather is iffy, a location decision will be made by 5:00 pm, which you can find here.) If the concert is outdoors, bring low chairs, blankets, bug-be-gone, a picnic basket, gentle libations, and your family and friends. If it's in the Regency, limit it to your family and friends and the wine; they'll supply the food.
Earth Saturday Stats
It's hard to say which was the more popular activity at last week's Earth Saturday -- the perennial exchange or battery recycling. About 40 people participated in the exchange, relocating a few hundred plants around the borough, from barely poked-through-the-soil hyacinth beans to a yucca more than 6 feet tall that was pulled to its new home across town on a wheeled dolly by a pack of teenagers. Meanwhile, some 40 pounds of batteries were collected from folks clearly relieved to finally have a place to dispose of them. Those little energy cells showed up in buckets, milk jugs, shoeboxes, and even glass jars, which seemed a little dangerous but appeared to be working. Thanks to everyone who participated in any of our Earth Saturday activities, especially the plant exchange volunteers, PNC Bank, the Recreation and Parks Board, the Tree Advisory Council, the PA Resource Council, and Borough Council member Barbara Silzle (it was a highly "council-atory" day). Special thanks go to the Litterbug, who got kids to sign a promise never to litter in their whole lives; if they breach this contract, the slightly unnerving Litterbug (people, plush or not, it's a giant bug!) will visit them in their dreams (this clause was in the fine print). Check the Photos page of the LFM website for John Green's pictures of this fun day.
Bad News and Good News
There was a big hole at the Market last week where we planned to put Teens4 Good, but they never showed up. Unfortunately, they overestimated their resources and abilities when they signed on to participate in the Farmers Market for three Saturdays this season and have now let us know that they can't do it. We're disappointed by their withdrawal but understand that the Market is a big commitment. Sorry for the late change, and thanks for bearing with us through these schedule upsets.
On a happier front, paper maps in hand, Flint Hill Farms has confirmed that they'll make their first Market appearance this coming week, selling both cow and goat milk and products made from each, plus eggs. What's even better is that they're very excited to be joining us, so please stop over to meet booth attendant Rebecca, even if you're lactose intolerant.
Bonnie, of the eponymous Wondergardens, can't say enough good things about the Connecticut company that supplies her with the herbs she's been bringing to the Market. Well on their way to a century in business, Gibertie's Herb Gardens is family owned, and Bonnie says that you're likely to get Sal Gilbertie himself on the phone if you call there. They pride themselves on raising their plants with organic fertilization and without pesticides, which they say makes their herbs smell and taste better and which we believe. Bonnie carries standards like sweet basil, lemon verbena, parsley, and spearmint, as well as more exotic herbs, such as lemongrass, patchouli, pineapple sage, and purple ruffled basil (pretty enough for a flower bed!). She effused last week on the merits of having a fresh bay plant around until we gave up and bought one, and on comparing its glossy, fragrant leaves with the chipped-up, graying versions in our spice jar, we had to agree -- it was like comparing apples and . . . dried-out, beat-up, discolored apples. No contest. Pick a bay plant up to for a sunny spot in your herb bed, and then try overwintering it in a pot inside if you haven't denuded it by fall.
As long as it's not too terrifically hot out, John Wilson of Minicakes fame plans to keep serving his secret-recipe savory mushroom soup, which makes a great lunch with a ripped-off piece of the olive thyme loaf from the Regency Café's stand. Apparently it's also a highly serviceable breakfast, since it was sold out last week by about 11:00 am. He's going to supplement this week with a batch of chicken gumbo, which might go well with the sourdough baguette from Wildflour Bakery's booth. For dessert (sure, you can have dessert with lunch, just keep it healthful), how about some sweet cherries from Fruitwood Farms. Mike says this could be the week for them.
Healthy Eating for Kids
Featured This Week
Artist of the Week: Artists come 2 for 1 this week. If you're a woman and don't own some Type O(-) jewelry, what do you wear every day? Grace Caputo's silver, pearl, gemstone, and leather pieces try hard to "work for everybody" and to be go-to favorites that you'll wear again and again. Her mother, Norma Bartram, makes pickles and relish and candies that don't even have to try anymore -- they are favorites. Her pressed biotic (!) cards, windows, and framings are also quite pretty though not edible.
Musician of the Week: The host of Philly Rising, World Café Live's popular Monday night open mic event, Boy Wonder gives a list of influences on his MySpace page that's a mile long, starting with the Police, concluding with Jay Z, and touching on the Beatles, the Ramones, and Liz Phair on the way. Expect funky, groovy pop, perhaps with some attitude.
Blog: Interview with artist Grace Caputo; squealing on litterers; bugging the mayor; gossip.
Check out what’s coming in the weeks ahead, music- and art-wise, by visiting our continually updated on-line schedule.
Upcoming Local Events
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The Lansdowne Farmers Market takes place every
Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot next to 28 North Lansdowne
Avenue, rain or shine.
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